Here’s the latest promo piece for DC’s Blackest Night series.Â Time for Stevie Cool to whip up some new funny.
Or – “The Green Man Has Gone Away…”
J’onn J’onzz of Ma’aleca’andra, aka John Jones, aka Marco Xavier.Â The character who, arguably, really represents the beginning of the Silver Age at DC.Â Invisible, super-strong, super-speed, telepathic, intangible, shape-shifting hero with laser vision.Â The heart and soul of the Justice League in many of it’s incarnations, a cornerstone of the DC Universe…Â The Martian Manhunter is dead.Â Long live the Martian Manhunter!
Remember that huge teaser DC sent out a while back talking about legends living forever? Look at the very bottom of the story as posted, and you’ll notice I mentioned the only Justice League member not present was the Martian Manhunter.
Well several months of speculation and the rumors have moved from Batman (the only character pictured who hasn’t died) back to J’onn J’onzz. Why not Batman? Word is Warner Bros., the parent company of DC, stepped in and politely told DC not to screw with the film franchise, leaving poor ol’ J’onn as the sacrificial lamb.
Even though J’onzz has been around forever, he’s always been on the fringe of the spotlight, so it is surprising when fans react to save the character from the chopping block.
Michael Netzer is so passionate about the Martian Manhunter, he’s taken up a crusade to save the character.
I know you might be asking why I should care about J’Onn J’Onzz. Well, as the artist of the 3 issue Adventure Comics #449-#451, back-up series featuring the Martian Manhunter in 1977, a series which also featured supporting roles by Superman, Supergirl, Hawkman, Hawkwoman, Braniac 5 and more… well, I understand that this in itself might not seem like such a substantial relationship for an artist to have with a character.
So what do you think? Save the Martian Manhunter or let him die? Remember kids, the only character not officially back from the dead is Barry Allen, while everyone else (including Major Spoilers) has been resurrected time and time again.
Or – “Two Of My Favorite Super-Heroes Together… So Obviously One Is Getting Fired.”
I was initially very skeptical about Thunder as a character. Black Lightning’s creator, Tony Isabella, has stated numerous times that retconning in a daughter that we never heard of makes Lightning look like a deadbeat dad, at best, and a heartless jerk at worst, and that Jefferson would never have let his child grow up without being an active force in her life, and I agree. But the execution of the character has grown on me; with Anissa initially less-than-thrilled to be a superhero but eventually growing into a role as Outsiders team powerhouse. Now, Batman has taken over the team, and even though Thunder helped to FOUND this new Outsiders team, he insists on torturing her to see if she’s up to HIS standards… This oughtta be interesting.
Did you get a chance to read your copy of Outsiders this week? If you did, you may have noticed this awesome tease.
The Martian Manhunter will make an official debut in the upcoming Labyrinth episode. DC Comics in Media has some screen caps from the episode that introduces the JLA’s favorite Martian.
Here is a quick sequence that shows the Martian Manhunter on Smallville.